Senior executives across the health sector believe that 2007 will be good for business, despite admitting to fears about increasing costs

A survey of 648 managers and leaders, published today by the Chartered Management Institute, shows that the mood of optimism in the sector comes in spite of fears about increasing business taxation and inflation.

Key findings include:
Encouraging economy: most managers in the health sector believe that employment levels are unlikely to drop with over half those asked saying there will be 'no significant change' in 2007. But in some regions there is growing confidence that more jobs will be created.

Output not input: the proportion of people believing UK GDP will increase has risen in the past 12 months. 1 in 10 people in the health sector now think that performance and productivity is likely to be better next year than this.

Self improvement: 27 per cent of those asked in the health sector plan to change jobs in the New Year and in a sign that people recognise the importance of skills development, 41 per cent claim they will undertake new qualifications in 2007.

Further details are in the press release, pasted below. More information, including regional and sector-based comparisons, can be obtained from Mike Petrook or Julia Brook on 020 7497 0496.

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